New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-ZMtung, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday March 10 1987
PagesVatican condemns variety of laboratory experiments
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican today condemned '.all forms of test-tube births, surrogate motherhood and experimentation on living embryos, declaring that the human body cannot be treated as a “mere complex of tissues and organs,’.’
The church also rejected as morally illicit cloning, attempts to fashion animal-human hybrids, freezing of embryos and the planting of human embryos in artificial and animal uteruses.
The Vatican position was contained in a 40-page document approved by Pope John Paul II and written by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's guardian and promoter of Roman Catholic orthodoxy.
It is entitled "Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation Replies to Certain Questions of the Day ”
Vatican officials, who spoke on condition of anorn rnity, said any Roman Catholic who “willingly and knowingly' violates the directives w ill be committing sin The document denounces fertilization through third parties such as doctors and biologists, which it said
“establishes the domination of technology over the origin and destiny of the human person.”
However, it says at one point that if technical means facilitate fertilization, it can be morally acceptable. It does not elaborate. Italian experts said they interpreted this as the church’s sanction of using sperm gathered after a sexual act to inject into the uterus during the woman’s fertile period.
The church, the report says, cannot ignore the “legitimate aspirations of sterile couples” to have a child.
The document urges government authorities and legislators to be watchful of new biomedical techniques because “an uncontrolled application of such techniques could lead to unforeseeable and damaging consequences for civil society.”
It specifically calls on governments to outlaw sperm and embryo banks and surrogate motherhood, saying such techniques could lead to “a system of radical eugenics." or the attempt to improve the human species through the control of hereditary factors in mating
B> LAWRENCE L. KNL TSON Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON AP When a Washington power broker has a power failure, he or she loses more than the key to the executive washroom, the blac k limousine and the ear of the president of the United States.
.As former White House Chief of Staff Donald T Regan found out last week, the formerly powerful also slip in the pecking order of protocol, even when it comes to investigators wanting to ask questions about one’s conduct in office.
Before hr resigned, Began had an appointment last week to give a deposition to the Senate select committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair
That s where protocol stepped in
Some prospective witnesses are questioned by staff investigators onl> Some are important enough to rank the presence of Chief Counsel \rthur Ionian Some get riot only the chief nun se I but senators as well And in s me cases, .senators end investigators go to the witnesses rather than ha\ mg the witnesses come to them
Began, as the president > c hief of staff, was to get the full treatment
The committee would go to him for a question-and* answer period at the Old Executive Office Building across a private drive from the White House
\nd because he held the position he did the pane! would tx* represented not only by Chief Counsel Liman but by Sen Daniel Inouye. D-Hawan, the committee's i barnman, and Sen Warren Rudman R-N H . the vice c ha lr man
Then Began resigned, the dictates of protocol shifted, and a new procedure was hurriedly adopted
The committee would still go to Began at the Executive (Office Building, represented b> Chief Counsel Liman.
But Inouy e and Rudman w ould not attend.
It's just protocol." Rudman explained
At the Senate Agriculture Committee, the rule for decades has been Thou shalt not be absent
And if you are. attendance will be taken and your absence dul> noted
The committee decided last w**ek t< stop counting -.enatonal noses It no longer will record the names of the attendees and the absentees
Some members, up for re-election, have found themselves barraged with campaign criticism bv their op p>nents who accused them of being absentee lawmakers
The change originated with the committee’s new chairman. Sen Patrick J Ix*ahy, D-Vt . who had the tactic used on him in his last election campaign.
Ix-ahy said his opponent, former Vermont Gov. Ric hard Snelling, had misrepresented Ins attendance record.
The strategy didn t w *rk Leahy won \nd Snelling lost. bv a larger margin than some exp* ' led
But for Leah>. the memory .still rankles
No more game pia> mg with attendance lists, he vowed
So in the future, attendance will be taken only at legislative markups and executive sessions Attendance at regular hearings will Im taken only if senators are give 48 hours notate
New Braunfels Utilities' rate increase effective March 15
By JAMES MarDONAlD NSU Rxsourcw Doc tor
The March 15 New Braunfels I tilitics billings will show the
second increment increase in elec trical rates as approved in Jul> 1986 by the city council New Braunfels Utilities' first rate increase since 1974 contained a ramping feature which de la sec! the full effect of the rate increase bv six months The ramping pro* celure that put 60 p**r. ent of the residential rate increase into effect tlx* first six nonths started in Septemtier 1986 The remaining 40 p*». ent takes effect at the beginning of the seventh month Man h l'*ft For example. September 198* through Febru.uv I ‘*8, New Braunfels Utilities residential
customers were charged a base rate of $3 60 per month, an increase of ll 60 from our previous rates
On the March 15 billing. New Braunfels Utilities' customers’ base rate will increase bv $2 85 p*r month to a total base rate of 1 645 The* energy charge has increased to 0219 per kilowatt hour in September and wall not change at this time
MI V w Braunfels Utilities rates are based on cost of service New Braunfels Utilities budgets for needed revenue to provide reliable economical and adequate service MI budgeted items .ire reviewed bv the* board of tr is tees fur its approv a!
In -pit* of our expenditures to keep New Braunfels Utilities upt»-late tr< h: "i git adv we have the
lowest residential rates of 15 neighboring utilities F’or 1.000 KWH. New Braunfels Utilities November 1986 residential billing rate was $41 52 In comparison. FII Paso Electric Company's customers paid $92 86 for 1.000 KWH A nationwide survey, done bv the National Association of Regulator) Utility Commissioners. indicated a rise in resident!I electricity bills of I p*rcent for the last year For a full year period, the average cost p«*r KWR of electricity nationally rose from 8.02 cents U« 8 I c ents Residential » ustomers within the New Braunfels service area are paving an average of 4 J c ents per KVM! for an av erage of I .OOO KWH during a full vear
Nation's economists voicing new optimism
cia. report that economy is private and do not see a short term
W VSH I NG TDN AP L* »rv mists ar* voicing nrwHund ■plums rn ab ut the I S **« *KH*m and suggesting thai Un* present expansion will see a fifth and
possibly even sixth anniversary But their projections are tossed on three assumptions Pm trade leficit will head Inn. inflatio? will *■ .ip and interest rates will remain relatively restrained lH*spite a congress! the state -f the precarious, most government analyst" recession in the However some claim the next otic i ouid coinc ide with the i’*8ft presidential cie* tion
V Joint H<>us** Senate F t. in. Commute report written bv til* panel s Democratic majority con-* iud* I .avt w«***K lf Wit the c* otiolli)
is vulnerable to abrupt
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The current recovery, while long is fragile and w* are skating on thin ice said committee Chairman Sen Paul Sarita im* s DM!
Howev cr Republic ans on the panel issued a more uptM.it assessment And a varietv of analysts in th* p.* 4 few days havc said the economy is showing renewed, even un* xjm i ted signs of v igor
iii wtf w.il tx* stronger than we thought ,* lilt!* while ago, said
David vs \ss t hie* financial economist tor Data Resources Inc i *>r -uiner spendm* is continuing t« atrv Pi** economy VS* see another four to six quarters of steady growth
I tie present expansion began in Nev emf** I *82 V*w in its 52nd month it already exceeds five of the s. .*■• .* nes sin. . World VSar ll If it .asb- until this f.ill it will top the a8-m*>nth expansion of 1975-198U
II w«*v«*t it still has a way lo go to mat* h the record Uke rn on th expat. moi. of the Iduring the V letj.an. VS ar
Analysts cited Friday s unern-pi *yment report t>v lh*- l«tbor Department, showing creation of antithet 370.1*10 jobs in February and an unemployment rate holding at a s« v«■: vf.ir-iow of 6 percent, as the latest evidence of an improving economy
I fit- Reagan administration has projected that the economy will • xpatid by 2 }M*r* **nt this year, as measured bv real growth ii the Cit ss Natcnai Product I hat •injures w uh a sun pish 2 5 peri ent pa* * for all of 19ft*
if.* et onouiy IS in better shape ..vv ti ut ll it Was a Veal or two ago, said Robert Driller, undersecretary
•t i ommeri e for economic affairs
But he said that the administration's long-range forecast which envisions an expansion continuing all the way to 1992 is ‘•nditioned on sigiuficant reduc tions it. lh Iii the trade and budget deficits
The trade deficit hit a rec ord $169 8 billion in 1986 but many analysts exjxH t to see it ease by $21) billion I* $30 billion this year. under the pressure of higher import pm *•> from a decline in the value of the .foliar
Of course, as import prices increase. so will inflation last year inflation, as measured by the Consume! Price Index was a mere I I percent that was the best jx*r-formanc e in 25 years, largely due to the collapse in w »rld oil prices
However, with oil prices firnung and imports becoming more ex-pensive. Hie UPI in the last three months has been increasing at an annual rate of 4 4 percent
I be National Association of Business FxonormsLs recently said that only 17 pere*ent of its members now think there will tx* an economic downturn rn 198. compared vs itll 32 jM*rt c*nt in a survey just three months ago The economists picked 1989 as the most likely year for the next recession, although a third of them said one could come as earls as 1988
Treasury announces unclaimed money
Ih* texas treasury is f*s>kini Hr persons wfio may fi«»v*' $.*» or more turning from the state
tach year, sass State treasurer Anil Rn hards, banks and other businesses turn over lexas accounts that have been inactive for three years or mote This year, at>out $ftn million luis been reported and that figure includes amounts *t $ si or more for about I OO.ODO owtiers «iwners witli less than $>n, as well as names reported in previous years are on file with the state treasurer
To file a claim, call I-800-,121-
Here are the New Braunfels names Edmund Acker. Carl Acosta. John Adam. Wilma M Adams, (’leo Alexander. Alfred J Allen, Juan P Amaru, Aztec Roofing, Raleta A Baugh, thomas H Beets, Billy Meeker Enterprises, Harold Bondable, Ray Box, Jesse Brewer, Mrs Robert E Brown, Boyce Brown .lr , Will Hurkhalter, Bona Burris, Bryan
t .Imot. Mary Carnot. Guadalupe
Billy VS Castleberry, Ray Christian Circle Arts theatre Guild Gloria K Herman. Roberta Copping, Angelito V Cortez. Margaret Elaine Craig. Herbert F Crate, Juan Crenier. Mark Davis Lynn F! Day, Man M IH anilau lK*t«*x Corp . Vina I Dieter! Fit fie I B Douglas. Paul and Eureka F erguson. F irst F ederal Sav ings and Iaianl. F' D F’oley S Gagen. George I, Gentry, Rolx»rt Gibbs Clarence Harborth. Herbert Hardy, Glenn Harrell. Betime I Harrell Jr . Jacquelyn S Henderson. Gentile S Henry, George Hernandez. Jeremiah Heye, Houston Jones Henry I Fasten, larry F'. King, Sui Kuykendall, Dennis G El del, Randal lame). Joseph I ask. Manual I x»|h*/, Lind Lundquist, Rosemary l.uttmann, Hayden McDaniel
Roy A Meyer Jr , RL Moore. Kevin L Morris. Paula Forrest
ARE YOU PUTTING ME ON?Three in 10 truckers show 'potential' for drug abuse
WASHINGTON (AP) — About three in IO commercial truck drivers may use drugs that could have a “potential for abuse” and pose safety concerns, an insurance group says after it conducted random tests on drivers along an interstate highway.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that of the 300 truck drivers who agreed to undergo testing, nearly a third showed evidence of some drug in their system that easily could be abused.
In 17 percent of the drivers, traces of an illegal drug, usually marijuana, were found, the insurance group said.
Brian O’Neill, the group's president, cautioned that it is difficult from the tests to determine precisely how recently drugs may have been used by the drivers, but he said the tests showed that in about 30 percent of the drivers tested there were drugs present “with the potential for abuse "
The findings were expected to be raised today before a Senate committee in support for random drug testing in the transportation industry The Senate Commerce Committee plans to vote on legislation that would require random drug testing of thousands of airline and railroad industry employees Some supporters of the bill want the testing to be expanded to include commercial truck and bus drivers as well Sen. John Danforth. R-Mo . the committee's ranking Republican, said the insurance group's fin
dings provide “clear and convincing evidence” that commercial truck and bus drivers should be subject to the same testing requirements as those people who operate aircraft or trains.
Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole has urged Congress to enact legislation that would require random drug testing for aviation and railroad employees involved in safety related jobs.
But Mrs. Dole has said similar federal requirements in the trucking industry would be virtually impossible to enforce since much of that industry consists of independent driver-operators who could not be tested easily.
The Insurance Institutes findings, made public Monday, were based on tests conducted on truck drivers at a weigh-in station along an interstate highway in Tennessee. O’Neill said the drivers agreed to the tests voluntarily in return for being given a free medical examination and some additional compensation
The institute found that in 14 percent of the drivers some amounts of marijuana were found rn urine samples, and in about one-fifth of those cases traces of the active ingredient of marijuana were found in blood samples, indicating recent or habitual use
Another 2 percent of the drivers were found to have amounts of cocaine in their system, I percent had some amphetamines and another I percent alcohol.
Regan loses more than job
Newell. Ronnie G Nix. Charles and Mum Oldenburg balter Otten, Sam B Fate, Arthur leo Penaloza Anita Ferez, Forrest B Pie rd olla. Maria Pineda Theodore Pip ette, Mr and Mrs Roland Preiss. Katharuia Pru e, Radian Corp . Christina Rahe, John Rank Gerald K Kichel. Irene I Richter. FMmund Robola Iwyla J Salge, David F Sanders. Florin Schmidt, Mary Schmidt, Schneider Bros Auto and Electric, Alfred P Shatto, C VV Shelby, Silver Peacock Inc, Guadalupe Situ, Slocums Bookstore Inc., Grete Sadowski Smith. Milton SoechUng, Antonio Sosa, James O Start/. Walter Steubmg. F'. I) Stroud, Sweet Adelines, F'.dward Talley. Oliver A Taylor. Roger lee realer. United Cement lame and Gypsum. Grace Wallace, Warners Nursery-Stroud. Raymond H Watson. Enid and F'.rm Weilbacher Jr . Barry I) Williams. Louis and Dorothy Winston, Darrell Woods
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